The London mayor, Boris Johnson, has launched a withering attack on the “irrelevant” and “myopic” Airports Commission, after the panel tasked with deciding where to build additional runways in the south-east finally ruled out his plan for a new hub in the Thames estuary.
The commission said that after detailed study it had concluded the proposal for a new four-runway airport had “substantial disadvantages that collectively outweigh its potential benefits”.
The commission chairman, Sir Howard Davies, said there were serious doubts about its operation and deliverability.
He said: “The economic disruption would be huge and there are environmental hurdles which it may prove impossible, or very time-consuming to surmount. Even the least ambitious version of the scheme would cost £70bn to £90bn with much greater public expenditure involved than in other options – probably some £30bn to £60bn in total.”
As the young people might say, “Suck it, Boris”.